Adebola Olarotimi Lema has declared that he is also running for the office of the Chairman of the NBA Lagos branch.

Find below the prelude to his official declaration:

My Record of Service and Fidelity to the Branch and the NBA:

I joined the NBA, Lagos Branch in 2004 as soon as I started work at the Law offices of T.B Akinyeye & Co. My then Principal under whom I cut my teeth, Timothy Boluwaji Akinyeye Esq was himself a former Secretary of the Lagos Branch. So from day one I immersed myself in the activities of the Bar.

I have actively participated in all the Branch Law Weeks and Annual Bar Dinners since I joined the Branch and my Law Firm, Fountain Court Partners, where I am Managing Partner had sponsored the activities/programs of the branch in times past.

Upon the unfortunate death of our former Secretary, Babatola Akpata (May God Bless his Soul) in 2014, I contested the Bye Election to fill the vacant office of Secretary and you gave me your mandate by electing me to serve you then, a privilege for which I remain grateful.

In the year 2015, at the inception of the Uche Ikwueme (Mrs.) led Human Rights Committee, I voluntarily joined the Committee in order to continue to serve the Branch and impact Society where it matters.

Sometimes in the year 2017, the then President of the NBA, A.B. Mahmoud, SAN found me worthy and appointed me into the Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP). Apart from the regular tedious work of the Committee led by Professor Konyin Ajayi, SAN and travel commitments involved I took on the extra job of helping to register over 250 members of our Branch who had issues with the Conference portal for the 2017 Annual General Conference (AGC).

I have attended all the General Conferences of the Nigeria Bar Association since the year 2009 when the Conference was held in Lagos. I have similarly attended all NEC meetings since I was elected Secretary in 2014 bar one or two meetings.

In a personal leadership capacity I set up the Legal Touchbearers, a forum for Lawyers from across the country which the erudite and elite speaker and leading Lawyer, Professor Chidi Odinkalu described as a body of young activists at the bar. *In a break from tradition, the Legal Touchbearers honoured that iconoclast of the Lagos Bar, Pa Tunji Gomez when he turned 90 in 2018 with a wonderful lecture and sundry activities attended by de creme dela crème of the legal profession in Lagos *including seven ‘7’ past Chairmen of the branch, to wit; Honourable Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi; Honourable Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo; Honourable Justice Adebajo; Chief Badru Olaogun; Alex Muoka, Chief Nasiru Dabiri and Mr. Foluso Fayokun*) and beyond for which we were commended by members of the bar and the honoree who died the following year before the anniversary of his birth.

It is a new era and a new paradigm.

Adebola Olarotimi Lema

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